If you’ve just graduated university with a degree in languages, you’re in luck! Jobs in linguistics are integral to the functioning of the public and private sector. As such, the linguistics opportunities available to language grads are practically limitless. Careers in linguistics range from jobs with languages at their core, such as translator positions, to jobs that posit languages as a secondary feature, such as customer service jobs.
Most graduates interested in foreign language job opportunities will be looking to apply for junior-level roles, so let’s have a closer inspection of some of the most common junior linguistics roles available to grads…
Junior Translator – A Junior Translator or Translation Assistant will either work in-house or as a freelancer, helping to render material written in an original ‘source’ language into a different language. A translation team will work to ensure that the new text matches the meaning of the original text as closely as possible. Translation and interpretation graduate language jobs are very similar, with the distinguishing factor being that translators focus solely on written copy.
Assistant Interpreter – An interpreter focuses on simultaneous or consecutive vocal translations. For instance, an in-house interpreter may assist in company meetings involving employees or clients from different locations. These kinds of jobs for linguistics graduates require top multi-tasking abilities, as you will be expected to listen, understand and memorise the original speech to then reproduce it in the required language – sometimes in real time!
Graduate Researcher – If you’re looking for masters in linguistics jobs or linguistics phd jobs, you should consider going into academic research. Researcher jobs involve carrying out in depth investigation and analysis into key areas of development in linguistics. The aim of a language researcher is to progress our current understanding of linguistics as a subject.
Customer service, sales and business development are areas that offer jobs for language speakers who are looking for opportunities that aren’t directly related to language degrees. If you’re not sure what kind of language roles are the right fit for you, you can utilise our specialist careers resources to uncover what doors your skills and experience can open.